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As Egbona Faces C'River Speaker At The Tribunal

  • Written by  Dan Amor
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As Egbona Faces C'River Speaker At The Tribunal

With Dr. Alex Egbona in the saddle as Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency member in the House of Representatives, it is now that my people will have a proper representation in that category. Over the years, concerned indigenous people of Abi/Yakurr, who constitute the Ekoi tribe, a variant of the Semi-Bantu stock on the South Eastern belt of the Niger Delta, have been lamenting with a heavy heart the state of their largely agrarian area.

With a huge population and a large landmass second to none in the entire Cross River State - more than two thirds of the entire population of Abi/Yakurr is supposed to call the shots in all electoral matters in the state.

Unfortunately, due largely to lack of adequate representation in government, especially at the Federal level, the life of the average Abi/Yakurr person has been that of diminished and marginalised existence in political and economic trajectories.

Since the current political dispensation began in 1999, Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency has not had effective representation except self-serving politicians who remember them only during elections. Given the pedigree of Dr. Alex Egbona as a grassroots politician who has a heart for the people, a giver who has helped the people without promptings, it is a new dawn for our people.

As they say that the morning shows the day, his actions so far, whether you talk about the Cross River/Ebonyi intractable border crises or the intra-communal clashes in Abi/Yakurr or investment in human capital development and employment generation, Chief Egbona has started showing the green light to his people that it is not going to be business as usual.

On the issue of the case in the tribunal, we should be careful not to dabble into a matter before a tribunal or court of competent jurisdiction so  that it won't be seen as subjudiced. Be that as it may,  Abi/Yakurr people, in electing Dr. Egbona as their representative have avoided the mistakes of the past in which they could not feel government presence since 1999.

It is even to Dr. Egbona's advantage that the votes in contention are from his own wards. Why would anybody expect the people of Ekureku Wards 1 and 2 to cast their votes for an outsider who has not done anything for them instead of their son who has impacted their lives positively over the years?


Amor is an Abuja-based journalist and literary critic.

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